Monthly Archives: August 2010

Shoestory: Penny Loafers

The history of the loafer began in Norway as a moccasin-type slipper worn by farmers.  They were exported throughout Europe and it wasn’t long before a couple of American companies began manufacturing them.  The Spaulding family began making this style of shoe and called them ‘loafers’ after seeing images of these Norwegian farmers in a cattle loafing area.  The term remains in use today in reference to many slip-on shoes.

In 1934 G.H. Bass started making loafers called Weejuns (sounding like Nor’wegians’), the difference being a band of leather with a diamond cutout across the saddle.  Gaining popularity with prepsters in the 1950’s, a dime (the price of a phone call), was inserted into the cutout.  Eventually, this gave way to a shiny penny and the name Penny Loafers caught on.

Leave it to Gucci to reinvent the penny loafer with a metal horse-bit across the front strap in the late 1960’s – which is still widely copied.  Other modifications to the loafer through the 1980’s and on have included tassels, and a more casual form with a tie string that some call a ‘deck or boat shoe’.

There you have it!  See the previous post to check out the loafers I have in stock – G.H. Bass ones too!


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Sneak Peak

I know it’s still hot out and most of you are probably lamenting the end of the summer but aren’t you excited for BOOTS!

There are lots of great fall staples in the shop now – and larger sizes too!

Here is a little sampling of what’s on the shelves.

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Fall Things

Fall is around the corner and what does that mean – BOOTS!

I have what you need!

BTW all summer stock is 30% right now.

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Stacked will be offering 20 – 30% off every purchase this weekend Aug 7th & 8th.

Also ALL the fantastic shops on the TOP FLOOR of 1207 Bloor St. W will be marking down items to give you deals and steals.

See you there!

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Waiting for You!

Photos courtesy of thefoxsays – xoxo


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